WAEC exposes real people behind exam malpractice
The Head of the Ghana National Office of the West African Examinations Council (WAEC), Mrs Wendy E. Addy-Lamptey, has expressed concern about interference by adults in examinations which is affecting the performance of candidates.
According to Mrs Addy-Lamtey, adults who are supposed to be teaching children the right things to do, are rather teaching them how to cheat during examinations.
“A candidate would not go out of his or her way to look out for ‘Ap?’ [leaked papers] or external help to pass well in an examination, be it the Basic Education Certificate Examination or the West African Senior School Certificate Examination. It is adults who are pushing these little ones to fall into the trap of examination malpractice,” she said in a media interview.
She further announced that WAEC’s decision to ban the use of cellular devices at examination centres with immediate effect is a step in the right direction.
According to her, invigilators, supervisors and candidates will not be allowed to use mobile phones and other such gadgets during examinations.
The decision follows research undertaken by WAEC which established that adults were primary culprits in examination malpractice at all levels of education in the country.